Archive for category Morimoto At Home

On the importance of bone stocks

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/veal-stock/ * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/recreating-a-matsuhisa-omakase-dish/ …You can’t have a good sauce if you start with a bad stock. Too many take stocks for granted…Every step of the way, you remove impurities. Everything follows from this.                                                       […]

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Morimoto Castella/Kasutera

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/morimoto-nyc-3/ Recently, my wife started reminiscing about an offering from Iron Chef Morimoto’s NYC restaurant.  That item, from the omakase menu was the castella that was served during the nigiri course.   As it turns out, it’s also offered on the nigiri portion of the dinner menu at the restaurant.  After […]

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A few notes on making nigiri

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/making-nigiri-an-appreciation/ I was recently asked about wetting the hands for making nigiri. matsuhisa-sama mentions the water to vinegar ratio is 3:1 (Nobu West, p 196) . He admonishes that more than a light coating on the hands will prevent the shari from properly sticking together.  Interestingly, Shizuo Tsuji (Japanese Cooking: […]

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Thanksgiving Omakase At Home 2017

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/planning-thanksgiving-menu-2017/ …what’s a planned holiday meal without a few surprises….So when I arrived at the house, I got told that there was a preference for scallops instead of the nobashi ebiyaki and perhaps ginger ice cream instead of vanilla.  So quickly thinking, I decided on the Nobu Scallop/Corn ‘salad’ and swapping […]

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Scaling Shari (Sushi Rice For Nigiri)

I’d recently figured out that my family liked sushi rice made with 2 teaspoons of sushi vinegar per rice bowl of rice. As I began thinking about the holiday meal later this year, I began thinking about Matsuhisa-sama’s rice course – 5 pieces of nigiri as the last savory omakase course offering. Nobu: The Sushi […]

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On Soba Broths/Dipping Sauces

Recently, my wife asked about making a soba soup for lunch one day.  On thinking about the problem, I thought about the times I had nabeyaki udon at restaurants.  If memory serves (with respect to Chairman Kaga), it seems that the versions of nabeyaki udon that I preferred were savory and not sweet.  This occurred […]

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Iron Chef Morimoto’s Oyako Don For Two

So this past week, I’d been trying to figure out how to make my wife happy for a Monday night dinner.  Perusing through Iron Chef Morimoto’s Mastering The Art Of Japanese Home Cooking, I spotted his version of Oyako Don (p. 67,68). I’d made a version of this dish once before from Tsuji’s “Japanese Cooking: […]

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